miriam cooke
  • miriam cooke

  • Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures
  • Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
  • 2204 Erwin Road Room 203, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
  • Campus Box 90414
  • Phone: (919) 684-2312
  • Fax: (919) 681-7871
  • Office Hours: On Fall Leave
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  • Overview

    miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. Since coming to Duke University she has taught Arabic language and a wide variety of courses on Arabic literature, war and gender, the Palestine-Israel conflict, postcolonial theory. She has directed several study abroad courses in Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo and Istanbul.

    Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. Her more recent interests have turned to Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria, and to the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world.

    She is the author of several monographs that include The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual:  Yahya Haqqi (1984); War's Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War (1988); Women and the War Story (1997); Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature (2001); Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official (2007) and Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism (2010). Her examination of cultural production in the Arabian Gulf, Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf, came out in 2014 from California University Press. Her latest book dealing with the Art of Syrian Revolution 2011 - 2016 is entitled Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution [Routledge 2016].

    She has co-edited several volumes, including Opening the Gates. A Century of Arab Feminist Writing (1990/ 2005 with Margot Badran); Gendering War Talk (1993 with Angela Woollacott); Blood into Ink: 20th Century South Asian and Middle Eastern Women Write War (1994 with Roshni Rustomji); Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop (2005 with Bruce Lawrence); Mediterranean Passages: from Dido to Derrida (2008 with Erdag Goknar and Grant Parker).

    She has also published a novel, Hayati, My Life (2000). Three of her books (Women Claim Islam; Women and the War Story and The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual:  Yahya Haqqi) were named Choice Outstanding Academic Books. Several books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French and German.
  • Specialties

    • Arabic
  • Research Summary

    20th Century, Criticism, Feminist Theory, Comp Lit, and Arabic
  • Current Projects

    "The Tribal Modern in the Arabian Gulf: the Past as Future. An examination of the production of an ultramodern cosmopolitanism with tribal values."
  • Areas of Interest

    Arab world
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Oxford (UK),
      • 1980
      • D.Phil.,
      • Oxford University,
      • 1980
      • M.A.,
      • University of Edinburgh (Scotland),
      • 1971
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • President of the Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies,
      • 2001-2003
      • Trent Foundation award for Muslim Networks Workshop,
      • 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century,
      • spring 2001
      • Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary and International Studies award for Muslim Networks,
      • 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century,
      • spring 2001
      • “International Woman of 2001" Award,
      • 2001 International Biographical Centre (Cambridge),
      • 0 2001
      • Provost’s Fund award for Muslim Networks Project (with Bruce Lawrence),
      • Listed in Who’s Who in the World,
      • 0 1999
      • Fulbright Research Scholarship in Syria - "The Politics of Cultural Production",
      • 1995-6 September-June
      • Humanities Institute on Gender and War, Dartmouth College,
      • 0 1990
      • Violence and Post-Colonial Islam,
      • Harry F. Guggenheim Consultancy,
      • 0 1990
      • American Association of University Women Fellowship,
      • 0 1986
      • Duke University Research Council,
      • 0 1986
      • Social Science Research Council Scholarship,
      • 0 1986
      • Development of exchange program with University of Qadi Ayad in Marrakesh, Morocco,
      • Josiah Trent Foundation,
      • 0 1985
      • Fulbright Research Scholarship in Lebanon and Yemen,
      • 0 1982
  • Recent Publications

      • M Cooke and A Woollacott.
      • Gendering War Talk.
      • Princeton University Press,
      • 2014.
      Publication Description

      Together these essays reveal a myth of war that has been upheld throughout history and that depends on the exclusion of "the feminine" in order to survive.

      • M cooke.
      • "Hopes and Disappointments: Revolutionary Narratives from Egyptian and Syrian Feminists."
      • Jadaliyya
      • (2013)
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      • M cooke.
      • "Réseaux d’artistes et d’écrivains dans la nouvelle Méditerranée."
      • Méditerranée/ Mondialisation
      • (2013)
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      • "Feminism in Islam."
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      • Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions.
      • (2013)
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      • "Emerging Voices in Comparative Literature from the Middle East."
      • Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 9/2
      • (2013)
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  • PhD Students

    • Basima Shaheen
      • Thesis: “Palestinian Identity in Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Territories” North Texas University
    • Anna Levett
      • Thesis: “Sufism, Surrealism in Mediterranean Literature” UNC-CH
    • Louis Yako
      • 2012 - present
      • Thesis: Iraqi intellectuals in exile
    • • Yaqeen Fouad
      • 2012 - present
      • Thesis: "Improvisational Art Networks of Egypt’s Events”
    • Yasmine Khayyat
      • 2012
      • Status: Graduated
      • Thesis: “Memory in Ruins: Lebanese wartime and post-war cultural production”
    • SherAli Tareen “Arabic Literature, Religion and Innovation” 2009 MA
      • 2006-2009
  • Teaching

    • AMES 184FS.01
      • GENDERING WAR: MIDDLE EAST
      • Bell Dorm 113
      • TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • AMES 422S.01
      • MIDDLE EAST WOMEN WRITERS
      • Carr 125
      • TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
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